what does it say of us

what does it say of us
who live at the tail end of industrial hubris
on a sphere
adrift in space
without any other voice
we can hear nor comprehend
 
we who live
beneath the icy sheen of ozone in a viscous goo so rich
with all manner of life
that it is the envy of empty orbs
for lightyears around
and we yet we want more
newts, antelope,
amoebas, pines, moths
panthers, willows, scorpions
all manner of fungi
and moss
and bacteria
and fauna
and flora
what does it say of our times
when an era replaces the living
with barcodes
and then encases them in plastic
or sprays them
with chemicals
 
what does it say of our morality
whose flags and bombs and rulers and celebrities
garner more honour than our kin
and whose borders carve up the warm loam
of whence we came
and where we shall return
pollywogs, carps,
hornbills, banyans, hydras
lemurs, wasps, mold
all manner of fungi
and moss
and bacteria
and fauna
and flora
what does it say of our existence
who lie about what it means
to possess a body
attached to this mortal coil
yet casually replace it
with pixelated zeros and ones
 
our moments are scattered
like the dust we breathe in
and time we experience
is limited
even as we treat it as a bane
to be idle
 
what, then, does it say of us
 
Kenn Orphan  March 2021

 

*Photo is by Kenn Orphan. It is the silhouette of a howler monkey, and was taken in the rainforests of Nicaragua. 

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1 thought on “what does it say of us

  1. Daniel Ferra

    NEW NORTHERN HEMISPHERE RECORD FOR HEAT MARCH 17 2021

    At Gallinas, San Luis Potosi State with 44.1C. = 111F” ETATW

    111F

    6/21/20 SIBERIAN ARCTIC 100F.

    REC HEAT RAIN SNOW WINDS
    EVERY YEAR

    8C. GLOBAL TEMP RISE SINCE 1700

    220 FEET OF SEA LEVEL RISE BY END OF 2023 ?

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